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1/48 Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shinden (George)

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  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
1/48 Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shinden (George)
Posted by lawdog114 on Thursday, November 02, 2017 4:00 AM

I need a break from the ETO so I figured I'd drag this one out for a quick out of the box build. This is one of those Japanese subjects Ive always liked.  The Shinden, or "Violet Lightning" was one of the best fighters to see service in the IJN.  It was fast, manoeuverable, and with the right pilot, it could more than hold it's own against the P-38's, Hellcats and Corsairs. It's Achilles was a problematic/weak landing gear and engine reliability issues.  The N1K2 addressed these issues and was an even better fighter.  

Of course I actually mean "mostly" out of the box.  There's a good chance I'll add some stuff, like gun barrels and or wheels.  I'm sure I'll paint the markings too.  Anyways, I started with the cockpit which was fairly basic, certainly not up to Hasegawa's Ki-84 standards.  Perhaps these were basic on the real thing.  I mixed up some XF-71 Cockpit Green with a touch of XF-49 to fabricate my own Kawanishi Cockpit Green. I had some Japanese PE belts so I threw them on.  

The IP was basic too.  I used some Airscale decals to spruce it up. 

  

I'll close it up soon.      

 

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, November 02, 2017 4:03 AM
Can't wait to see what you do with this one

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 02, 2017 7:41 AM

Ohhhhhh, it's going to be awesome seeing you work your magic on my favorite Axis fighter! 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Thursday, November 02, 2017 9:50 AM

Glad to see you walking on the wild side with this one Big Smile Pit is gorgeous. looking forward to another work of plastic art

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, November 04, 2017 6:09 AM

Very nice OOB build!

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Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Saturday, November 04, 2017 9:16 AM

I’ve always thought these planes looked very neat, almost like a Japanese P-47. Nice to see a Japanese fighter that isn’t a Zero

Cockpit looks sparse, but I think you’re right, they were probably pretty spartan anyway. Paint looks nice to me, it’ll be nice to see what magic you pull on the exterior. 

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, November 04, 2017 11:53 PM
Thanks gents. Indeed it is somewhat Jug-like. It’s also one of my favorite IJN planes. I prefer it over the low wing N1K2 appearance-wise. Thanks for following.

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Posted by Model Maniac on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 8:27 AM

Nice works so far. I commissioned a N1K1-J 1:48 to my builder today, it's from Otaki. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Sunday, November 12, 2017 11:57 PM

Thanks MM, I'm glad your following along.  

Well, my P-38 woes have sort of rendered this turkey to the back burner.  I did designate a little time for it the other day.  The Hasegawa wing root gaps reared their ugly head on this kit.  I solved them by supergluing a toothpick under the cockpit to spread the fuselage slightly.  I suppose you could use sprue too.  Your choice.  It worked great.  

Other than that it was a great fit. 

 

I added a primer coat to await some Aluminum.  I ordered some AK Interactive chipping fluid as I intend to try the peeling paint technique on this subject.  It should be interesting.  

   

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, November 13, 2017 1:55 PM

Nice common sense practical solution that I wouldn't have thought of. Thanks lawdog

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:29 PM

Looks great, lawdog! Should have probably done this on my Spitfire. I did it the hard way, though. This is obviously a Hasegawa theme... I wonder why this happens so much!

Question about the Alclad primer, do you just shoot Alclad over top of the primer, or do you spray some clear over it? I’m working on a car kit and am trying to decide which route to take for my metallic parts. 

Good luck with the chipping!

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:43 AM

You’ve really got my attention as I’m interested in the chipping technique.

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Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:07 PM

She's lookin' good!!!

 

BTW: I've tried the chipping fluid but I personally can't see much difference in it and hairspray. You can even just pour the hairspray into your airbrush and spray it the same way you do the chipping fluid.

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:39 PM

RadMax8

Question about the Alclad primer, do you just shoot Alclad over top of the primer, or do you spray some clear over it? I’m working on a car kit and am trying to decide which route to take for my metallic parts. 

 

 

Thanks guys...Maker, your welcome.

Max, it goes right on top of the primer. I find that sometimes it leaves some rough patches here and there, but those can be sanded out with 2000 grit sandpaper. You may need to sand the primer before the NMF too.  

Gamera, thanks for the compliment and info. Unfortunately I already bought the stuff. Besides, I tend to prefer using stuff that is designed for modeling. One of the reasons I don’t particularly like Future. Others swearby it but I’ve never had much luck with it. 

I‘ll be throwing down some metal tonight. 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:33 PM

Sounds good to me.! I'm just throwing out options, if they're unworkable or silly you're not hurting my feelings if you don't use them. Wink

 

Looking forward to seeing her with the NM on.

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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